It’s a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, but less than one minute into this video, you see one of the most striking features of the new Feadship yacht Obsidian. It’s the asymmetric layout of her main aft deck.
Many more views of the creative layout come throughout the video, thankfully. Launching under the code name of her hull number, Feadship Project 710, in April, she’s a 276-footer (84-meter) for owners who weren’t satisfied with the status quo in design or engineering. The studios Monk Design and RWD collaborated on features like glass balustrades on each deck, for instance. This prevents visual interruptions of the scenery when the owners and guests are trying to enjoy the views from inside. The studios also created a semi-submerged observation lounge.
Then there’s an asymmetrical atrium stairway, leading guests below decks to a most unusual dining room. It has a sliding door that opens it up to a terrific view, further revealing that the diners are just a few feet above the surrounding sea. Even the louvered sunshades extending off each aft deck are asymmetric.
The yacht Obsidian, for 14 passengers, is noteworthy for even more reasons. Primarily, she is the first project from the Dutch builder that is going to run on biofuel. Not only will the owners have the gensets burn it, but also the fuel tanks will contain it upon delivery. In fact, this custom yachtjust may be the first superyacht from any builder so far running on biofuel. Regardless, Feadship says using it instead of diesel will slash carbon-dioxide emissions by about 90 percent.
Additionally slashing emissions, the yacht Obsidian employs a long-standing method to heat water and power some systems. It’s waste-heat recovery. Interestingly, although the technology has existed for decades, it is just now gaining in popularity. The idea is to recapture the heat that mechanical systems naturally generate when they run. The systems include things like the yacht’s gensets and the air-conditioning chiller. So, instead of the heat dissipating into the air, it gets fed to faucets in the en suite baths. Additionally, it heats the water in the pool.
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More About the Yacht Obsidian
LOA: 276’3” (84.2 meters)
Beam: 44’7” (13.6 meters)
Draft: 12’4” (3.75 meters)
Guests: 14 in 7 staterooms
Engines: diesel-electric system with 4/Caterpillar gensets and permanent magnets
Range: 5,500 nautical miles at 12 knots
Stylist: RWD, Monk Design
Naval Architect: De Voogt Naval Architects
Interior Designer: RWD, Monk Design